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USCIS Announces Changes to Stand-Alone I-130 Filing Locations

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will change the filing locations for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, domestic petitioners will mail their stand-alone I-130 applications to either the Chicago Lockbox or the Phoenix Lockbox, depending on...

USCIS Policy Memo: Process for Responding to Requests by DOS to Accept a Locally Filed I-130

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance and procedures for managers when responding to requests by DOS to accept a locally filed Form I-130 where USCIS does not have a presence." - USCIS, May 14, 2012 .

Given I-130 Delays, Is the K-3 Visa a Good Work-Around?

"The Form I-130 petition is used to sponsor a spouse, minor child or parent of a US citizen who is outside the US. In the recent past, such an I-130 petition filed with the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services on behalf of an immediate relative got approved in about 3-4 months. The...

USCIS Shuffles I-130 Workload

"USCIS recently began transferring some casework from the National Benefits Center to the Nebraska, Texas and California Service Centers to balance overall operational workload. The affected casework includes the following form: I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed by U.S. citizens for...

USCIS Message: Update on the processing times of Form I-130s filed by U.S. citizens for their eligible immediate relatives

USCIS E-Mail to Stakeholders: " From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [mailto: uscis@public.govdelivery.com ] Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:38 PM Subject: USCIS Message: Update on the processing times of Form I-130s filed by U.S. citizens for their eligible immediate relatives...

Processing of I-130s Speeds Up For More U.S. Citizen Petitioners

"It is indeed welcome news that USCIS is endeavoring to speed up the processing of I-130 petitions of US citizens, and restore the original processing times of five months or less. While the granting of immigration benefits is contentious in today’s political environment, few seldom dispute...

USCIS Expedites US/Filipino IR I-130s

"" USCIS has proactively identified and is expediting pending I-130, Petition for Alien Relative , forms that have been filed by U.S. citizens for their Filipino immediate relatives. Our standard security checks remain in place." - USCIS, Jan. 14, 2014 .